Make a critical study of the climax in Dr. Faustus.

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The clock strikes and Faustus is damned, "the jaws of hell are open to receive thee."His final hour is actually condensed to a few hours of stage time as Faustus is given the most passionate of speeches to contemplate his fate. He is desperate to escape his fate as he realises that there is no end to the eternity of suffering he faces. At the climax he wishes that his soul will be changed into little droplets of water and fall into an ocean never to be found, it is the desire for total annihilation. He may promise to burn his books and gabble to God and the devils for time, but it is to no avail. Mephostophilis gets his desire, what he has waited twenty four years for, the soul of Faustus. Faustus is taken to hell. There is no redemption possible, no apology accepted. In many respects it fulfils the criteria of the older medieval morality plays and gives vent for Marlowe to explore the imagery of blood to express the human suffering of Faustus: "Gush forth blood instead of tears." The last we hear about Faustus is that he has been torn limb from limb as a sort of sacrificial victim. We can see this dismembering of the bodyas a Dionysian conclusion within a Christian morality tragedy.
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